HD Background Images and Photos

Browse through our collection of stunning background photographs. Our background images are textured, patterned and arranged to perfectly support the content that you choose to add to your website.

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wavy water and choppy waves at golden hour

Wavy Water And Choppy Waves At Golden Hour

luscious landscape

Luscious Landscape

paved road bends with red rocky hills in the background

Paved Road Bends With Red Rocky Hills In The Background

empty cup surrounded by coffee beans

Empty Cup Surrounded By Coffee Beans

sea stack by ocean at low tide

Sea Stack By Ocean At Low Tide

waterfall over rocky cliff

Waterfall Over Rocky Cliff

sunlight creeps into antelope canyon

Sunlight Creeps Into Antelope Canyon

white moon on crisp blue daytime sky lined by rocky cliffs

White Moon On Crisp Blue Daytime Sky Lined By Rocky Cliffs

pink blossoms over crumbling walls

Pink Blossoms Over Crumbling Walls

rock formations on oregon coast

Rock Formations On Oregon Coast

boat making waves on lake

Boat Making Waves On Lake

cloudy day beach camp out

Cloudy Day Beach Camp Out

cedar and pinecones background

Cedar And Pinecones Background

football field turf paint

Football Field Turf Paint

sunflower fills center of a frame

Sunflower Fills Center Of A Frame

row of yellow trees by field and hills

Row Of Yellow Trees By Field And Hills

deep blue sky over lighthouse

Deep Blue Sky Over Lighthouse

single rock in shallow sea

Single Rock In Shallow Sea

stem of queen annes lace

Stem Of Queen Annes Lace

blue wavy water of a swimming pool

Blue Wavy Water Of A Swimming Pool

close up of a small yellow flower with small petals

Close Up Of A Small Yellow Flower With Small Petals

waves crash under morning sun

Waves Crash Under Morning Sun

person in a straw hat faces toward a blue sky

Person In A Straw Hat Faces Toward A Blue Sky

white wagtail catches an insect

White Wagtail Catches An Insect

red paint brush on textured background

Red Paint Brush On Textured Background

sunset splashing over rocks

Sunset Splashing Over Rocks

view of the forest floor

View Of The Forest Floor

a camel is lead by yellow lead

A Camel Is Lead By Yellow Lead

person cups a blank piece of white paper in hands

Person Cups A Blank Piece Of White Paper In Hands

end of a rivers journey

End Of A Rivers Journey

sunlight illuminates rich fall colors

Sunlight Illuminates Rich Fall Colors

round temple with detailed decor

Round Temple With Detailed Decor

silver cornet musical instrument

Silver Cornet Musical Instrument

beacon nestled at the edge of a cliff

Beacon Nestled At The Edge Of A Cliff

three rocks and a road

Three Rocks And A Road

wet pavement reflects a building and city night lights

Wet Pavement Reflects A Building And City Night Lights

waves come in after low tide

Waves Come In After Low Tide

branches with spring blossoms frame a mountian view

Branches With Spring Blossoms Frame A Mountian View

off the beaten path in fall season

Off The Beaten Path In Fall Season

frosty winter ice

Frosty Winter Ice

soccer field with hillside landscape

Soccer Field With Hillside Landscape

colourful light creates bokeh

Colourful Light Creates Bokeh

off center vivid floral bouquet in clear vase

Off Center Vivid Floral Bouquet In Clear Vase

sunset against a city with hills in the background

Sunset Against A City With Hills In The Background

helicopter flying over portland

Helicopter Flying Over Portland

autumn harvest pumpkins and gourds

Autumn Harvest Pumpkins And Gourds

picturesque tide rolling below a sunset

Picturesque Tide Rolling Below A Sunset

rocky shores of oregon usa

Rocky Shores Of Oregon Usa

blue skies over rocky hill silhouette

Blue Skies Over Rocky Hill Silhouette

small wild white flowers on sunny day

Small Wild White Flowers On Sunny Day

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Stunning HD background photos for commercial use

What makes background pictures different?

Background photographs are used very differently that regular images for a number of reasons. When selecting a background image - there are specialized criteria to keep in mind. For starters - background pictures won’t fit into a fixed frame they way other photographs would. When a photo is locked into an article or block of text or shown as part of an advertisement - the dimensions are fixed - meaning that selecting a suitable photo really just comes down to aesthetics.

With background images - things work a little differently. To start, backgrounds are not likely to be in a fixed frame and will need to be equally beautiful when viewed on a large fullscreen, widescreen, or a mobile phone screen. It’s for this reason that web developers will often choose an images of a pattern - so that parts of the it can be cut off by web-browsers and other content that may vary in size and shape without looking like the image is misplaced.

If you’re not using a pattern, you’ll want to make sure the image isn’t too focused. Images with a clear subject don't work as well as background images because parts of the subject may be covered.

You may also choose to use background images to create a parallax scrolling effect. Parallax scrolling has been proven to create a better user experience for web users. This is where a web designer or developer might choose to add content in front of a background images that scrolls faster than the background image itself. This effect is used on web-pages to give the illusion of depth to the page and to create a more dynamic viewing experience.

Images used in parallax scrolling tend to be a little bit different from regular background images. They can be patterns and textures as well - but because portions of the image will scroll by at some point, the images can be a bit more focused - as long as the focus is toward the centre of the image.

Remember that background images take a supporting role in web-page design, so it’s best if they’re simple, clean and patterned. Even if the pattern isn’t design-oriented, you’ll want to go with images without a single, clear subject. Photograph-wise, images like city scapes, landscapes, or large images of busy locations with many subjects tend to look best.

Background images for commercial use

Luckily when it comes to getting the perfect background photo - we’ve got your covered. Our collection of HD photos are perfect for editing and can be used as widescreen backgrounds, full screen backgrounds, and desktop backgrounds and will look equally stunning on both Windows and Mac computers at any size (1600 x 1200, 1440, 1280, 1920).

Take a look at our free, downloadable high resolution images - perfect for your next project.